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Gwyneth:

I don’t know why, but I’ve been thinking a lot about my childhood lately. Perhaps it was the question one of the unpleasant and omnipresent Seelie Court Ladies asked back at the formal Samhain Feast, which is a lot like Christmas Dinner With Aunt Trudy (c’mon; we all have one) in that it is both boring enough to stretch the boundaries of time and space and interesting enough that something you do (and by ‘you’, I mean ‘I’) there will be remembered for years to come and be part of the reason why Aunt Trudy eventually cuts you out of her will.

She asked, in all seriousness, ‘Do you feel you missed something by keeping your children in those crystals until they matured?’ I replied that of course I didn’t feel that way, but I think the idea of childhoods, childhood, is seeping in to my brain. And no: that doesn’t mean I’ll be working on any new gestational projects.

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The time I had to walk home alone from drama society is one of the memories that keeps coming up.

The time I had to walk home alone from drama society is one of the memories that keeps coming up. Both my adoptive parents were lecturers at the University of London, Goldsmiths, and the rule was that each lecturer had to do one evening class per term. They tried to space it out so that there was always at least one parent home in the evenings, but one time something went wrong and Mum’s class got rescheduled for a day that coincided with one of Dad’s classes. That also happened to be drama society night, so I was meant to stay late at school to rehearse for the school play, in which I had a small but important part, obvs. I must have been twelve or thirteen, but it’s funny, isn’t it, how you’re always sort of yourself in dreams, like how you are now and not how you were back then. Or I always am. So there I am, a tall, pointy-eared Sidhe sitting in a rehearsal room with ten other kids, waiting to rehearse my two-line scene. Nobody noticed of course: they would have been seeing the old me. When it came time to walk home, I shook off aid from teachers and offers from some of the other drama society kids to walk me home, and I set off by myself.

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I had the overwhelming fear that I was being followed.

I had the overwhelming fear that I was being followed and the natural rational brain reaction that I was just on edge and scared because it was quite a long walk home and it was almost nine o’clock when the rehearsal ended. Mum and Dad would be finishing up their lectures and handling questions; they might be moments or hours, depending on what the students needed.

I just remember that sharp stab of fear I felt, looking back and seeing a long shadow following me, and the shame and anger I felt when I realised I’d actually been afraid of my own shadow. But now, knowing the twists and turns of the Fae mind the way I do, I’m not so sure. Maybe someone — or something was following me that night. I mean, I’m pretty sure no-one was actually following me.

Pretty sure.

Style Card:
Body: Maitreya
Head: Catwa, Catya
Hair: Wasabi Pills, Venus (Available NOW at The Crossroads!)
Ears: Mandala, Steking Season 5 Ears
Eyes: DeeTaleZ, Intense Light Blue (Catwa Eye appliers)
Skin: Lumae, Catwa Ruby, T4, Fawn (This is FREE from the 1313 Mocking bird Lane Advent Calendar! The gift includes this BRAND NEW skin, only for Catwa Heads, appliers for loads of things, Leevi Ears and appliers, modifiable shapes, a Bento modifiable shape for the Catwa Catya Head, and THREE head-chains. It will only be available for 24 hours, so HURRY!)
Hands: Vista, Vista Bento Prohands
Jumper (Sweater, Americans!): Erratic, Shannon Sweater
Boots and Socks: Delirium Style, Doc Boots and Socks (Available NOW at  Winter Trend 2016!)
Necklace: The Plastik, Skein

Poses: All by An Lar, from the Yale Series (Available NOW at Winter Solstice in the Mystic Realms!)
Photo Back Drop: Death Row Designs, Studios Set, Roman

Thanks are due to William Weaver, for today’s special Visionaire class. I’m experimenting with some of the photo techniques he outlined in the class, so expect to see more darkness and contrast from me in the coming weeks!

Thanks are also due to Ember Adored, for her amazing post in SL Blogger Support, How to Quickly Do Your Credits!

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never make Gwyneth relive scary but probably not life-threatening moments from her adolescence without it!

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Off on an Adventure? And, A Tree Grows in the Treehouse…. That’s not weird, is it?

Gwyneth:

Gwyneth:

I woke up in the middle of the night to do the sorts of things that even Fae Queens must do in the middle of the night, and there was… well.

There was a tree. In my bedroom. Like, right at the foot of my bed. It wasn’t the sort of thing I could miss, especially as there was a large lantern hanging off a branch positioned directly above my pillow.

Seriously, Universe? A tree? In my bedroom?

Seriously, Universe? A tree? In my bedroom?

Seriously, Universe? A tree? In my bedroom? I mean, obviously I live in a treehouse. But a whole extra tree? And this one comes with books, all written in a foreign language. I don’t even recognise the text. Dyisi took a look at them earlier, and she just sort of ‘meh’ed and then we moved on to talking about boys and clothes. Yes, Dyisi and I talk about boys and clothes. Stop laughing.

So when I got back from the place where even Fae Queens have to go....

So when I got back from the place where even Fae Queens have to go….

So when I got back from the place where even Fae Queens have to go… after the moonlight had clothed me in autumn, I did what any sane Queen would do upon realising there’s a strange tree full of books growing in her bedroom.

Because, duh. That’s what trees are for, right? You climb the tree, you have a think, you climb down off the tree, and it disappears from your bedroom, yes?

No.

What does happen is you go over to your little makeup table and you find an invitation. To a ball.

What does happen is you go over to your little makeup table and you find an invitation. To a ball.

What does happen is you go over to your little makeup table and you find and invitation. To a ball. In a far-off realm.

Apparently some relative of Father’s needs a Royal Sidhe on his arm for some charity event. He needs someone who’s unknown and a bit exotic. Of course, the invitation doesn’t say this, but I picked it up from touching the scroll.

It’s a more contemporary Realm than ours, much more contemporary. And it has an openly Fae upper class. Should be an interesting trip. I think I’m going to go: Father wouldn’t have given my name to anyone if he thought there’d be trouble. Certainly he wouldn’t do a thing like that.

I did spend some time thinking about it, though.

I did spend some time thinking about it, though.

I did spend some time thinking about it, though. Should I, or shouldn’t I?

There is so much going on in our Realm. A plague we don’t understand. Demifae uprisings. Goblin wars. But– a chance to ride in a limousine, have my nails done for real instead of just glamoured, check some email, post to my ‘blog’ openly instead of hiding out in an Internet Cafe in a nearby realm where they don’t like Fae at all.

And I could use the break. I think I really could.

Getting Dressed

Getting Dressed

Clutie and Dani are all excited about the trip: they want to dress me once beforehand so we can see what I’ll look like on the night. They’re hard to refuse, those two.

So Clutie and Dani do my hair and fix me up in a dress that will work in a modern realm.

So Clutie and Dani do my hair and fix me up in a dress that will work in a modern realm.

So Clutie and Dani do my hair and fix me up in a dress that will work in a modern realm; : we’ll take this one, though I reserve the right to buy something new if it catches my eye! I do like what they did with the beads and the braid, though. They’re the best hairdressers ever, these two. I’m taking Clutie with me, for sure.

Should I worry about the children? About the plague? About the war? I know I should, but I want to get away. I need to get away. Does that make me a runner? Am I a running runner? Maybe I am. But I’m going. Going to have a nice time with a guy I don’t know at a party in a Realm where I’ve never been before, and the Court is just going to have to deal with it, because I’m the Queen and I say I’m going, so there.

I will be gone IRL from Friday-Monday, at a music conference with friends in Darkest Somerset. So while Gwyneth is away dancing her feet off, I’ll be singing my head off with friends old and new. Enjoy the long weekend, everyone, and I’ll see you when I get back!

Style Cards:

Seriously, Universe?
Body: Maitreya
Skin: Fallen Gods, OpalFae (Eden) (Available at the Illumination Point Event!)
Hair: Olive, The Powder Hair
Ears: Soul, Uni Ears, High Elf
Undies: Erratic, Fiona, Nude
Tree: HarshLands, Fantasy Book Tree

Autumn Fae Photos:
Body: 
Maitreya
Skin: 
Fallen Gods, OpalFae (Eden) (Available at the Illumination Point Event!)
Hair: 
Olive, The Powder Hair
Ears: Soul, Uni Ears, High Elf
Outfit: Flippant: Cicada Fall Fae (This was the August Group Gift at Flippant’s Main Store,so you only have a few more days to get it: after that, it goes up to 179L.)
Tree: HarshLands, Fantasy Book Tree

Getting Dressed:
Body: Maitreya
Skin: Fallen Gods, OpalFae (Eden) (Available at the Illumination Point Event!)
Hair: Olive, The Powder Hair
Ears: Soul, Uni Ears, High Elf
Undies: Erratic, Fiona, Nude
Shoes: Deviance, M’Lady’s Slippers, Sapphire
Dressing Table: Aisling, Coquette (Available at Festival of Sin!)

Hairdressing with Clutie and Dani:
Body: Maitreya
Skin: Fallen Gods, OpalFae (Eden) ((Available at the Illumination Point Event!)
Hair: No Match, No Siren (Available at Enchantment!)
Ears: Soul, Uni Ears, High Elf
Dress: Mistique: Elora Gown, Blue (Available at the Illumination Point Event!)
Shoes: Deviance, M’Lady’s Slippers, Sapphire

Spiffy photos taken with the indispensible aid of my LumiPro. I never leave home without it! 

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